It is that time of year, school is letting out and we are all looking for things to do with our children. Last year I wrote about visiting Carowinds(http://charlottesmartypants.blogspot.com/2008/03/carowinds-opens-this-friday.html) and I thought it might be a good time to offer some updates. We are very fortunate not to have to travel far for a great place to spend the day with our families. I have to say that over the past two seasons, Carowinds has really stepped it up. They are offering more ticket and season ticket options, they have added some really good rides and they are making it easier for a family with children of all ages to make the most of their time in the park. The best part is that it is right here and the best time to visit is on Sunday or any weekday when the crowds aren’t as big.
If you are going to visit the park more than once this summer, I would highly recommend purchasing a season pass. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. A great option this year is the WOW pass – good for unlimited admission for ages 3 and up from March 28-Sept. 7, 2009. This pass does not include any other benefits like parking or admission to SCarowinds and costs 59.99 per pass. Parking costs $10 per car. A standard season pass, which includes parking and a variety of other benefits is between $61.99 and $79.99 depending on age and height. Standard admission is $46.99, $21.99 if under 48”. You can save up to $10 per person off adult ticket prices if you order online.
A very smarty tip is to have your child measured. Once you enter the park, directly to the left is a place where your child/children can be measured with their shoes on and they will receive a color wristband for their height group. This will save time being measured for individual rides or you can check your map and try to avoid rides that your child isn’t tall enough for.
Be prepared to get wet. If the sign says you will get soaked – you will!! Wear quick dry clothes and consider bringing a change of shoes. You can do locker rentals for $15 with $5 refunded when you return your key. You will want to travel light – there are no accommodations for purses, cameras, camcorders, etc. at the individual rides.
Boomerang Bay is the waterpark area of Carowinds and has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. For kids under 48 inches, they will have to wear a life jacket and every child under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Carowinds does provide life jackets free of charge.
If you have a wee little one there is a baby care station located in the Nickelodean Central area for feeding, a diaper change and just resting for a little while. There are also diaper changing stations in restrooms throughout the park.
Be prepared for fun – there is something for everyone. Please share any tips you have to help make the most of a Carowinds visit. Be sure to visit their website, Carowinds offers great tips on how to plan your visit with children of all ages.
Last week (June 2-5) was "Education Days" and tickets were discounted at $26.50. I had to ask for the discounted tickets at the ticket booth after seeing the info online. And my children were already out of school so it was nice to go without the crowds and before summer heat. They did not have to wait in line for any ride and were able to stay on and ride several times. It's too late to get the discount this year but definitely worth remembering for next year!
Ooh, that's a bummer that we didn't know about this. Carowinds, you need to contact CSP and make sure we're all in the know on these deals!
We purchased the $62 VIP pass for our under 48" 5-year old, so that we could get free parking, but purchased $60 WOW passes for the over-48" family members. So we get free parking for only $2 more. As long as you can show one VIP pass, they wave you through to the Season Pass Parking Lot.
the hours on the web site ARE NOT for the water park area. water park hours are 11-7, not the 10-8 shown for the rest of the park.
According to my AAA Go Magazine, you can get a AAA discount of $13.99 on tickets….
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